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Woman gets experimental Ebola shot

By Agencies in London ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-09-19 07:24:38

A healthy woman became the first volunteer to receive a new vaccine against the Ebola virus on Wednesday in a trial at the University of Oxford.

Ruth Atkins, 48, is the first of 60 volunteers in the UK to receive the vaccine, which was developed by the US National Institutes of Health and the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. It targets the Zaire strain of Ebola, the cause of the ongoing epidemic in West Africa. A trial of the same vaccine has already begun in the US.

The testing began as Britain announced that it will increase aid to Sierra Leone by providing 700 treatment beds over the coming months, with military personnel providing assistance.

Woman gets experimental Ebola shot

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